Barcelona is an eccentric city, and one of the most culturally active in Spain. I think you have listened, someone of your friend to talk about this city, they can speak about Sagrada Familia, about Gaudì and Dalì, or just about the market and the beach.
The weather in Barcelona gives to you a prospective holiday for all the year. In winter is not cold like other countries close to the see, but in summer the temperature can be higher than 35 C°.
Travel abroad can be really espensive sometimes, most of the time, you get you bank account in red for afford the travel. But today, I will share with you, some of my tricks for afford Barcellona less expensive, bring back your wallet and keep calm. Most of the best museums in Barcelona are free, and some of it can be free just some days. In the particular list of expensive city in the World, Barcelona is in down, this is one of the more cheap in the World, I never been. You can afford your travel on a Budget, and don’t miss nothing.
The Catalan city can offer to you a lot of cultural solution, with null economic impact. The first thing you need to be informed is: the transport in Barcellona are really perfect, the metropolitan line is really fully of branchs and stop, you can reach every place in short time. For save some money, you can buy a travel card, his name is T10. You can afford 10 travel without time limit, and you can use all transport, train, bus and tram.
#1 I Museums -Sunday Free
You cannot visit a place without know theri museums. This is true. So, if you stay in Barcelona for the sunday, you can see most of best museum for free. Every Sunday, between 3 pm and 8 pm, you can visit the Museum of Picasso, or the MUHBA (History Museum). Other museums are free, but just in some month day, most of the time the free entry is on first Wednesday or Sunday of each month.
There is a list of all Barcelona’s Museums and their websites.
#2 Barcelona and Festivals
The Catalan Capital is one of the best festival centre of Spain, most of them are traditional and come from the past. All the population start to enjoy the festival with traditional costume. The Citizen of Barcelona feels a lot their traditional festivals. In September there is the Festes de la Mercè, five days where the city is a unique soul in the feast. There are a lot of concert with dance and fireworks. In this feast is possible to have a look of “Correfocs”, a drums parade with devil and fireworks. In summer there is one of the most popular feast, “Mejor de Gracia”, all the borough of “Gràcia” is full of light and light works on the buildings. The price of the goods in this festival are really cheap, you can drink a beer for just 1 euro.
#3 The Ramblas
Is one of the place plenty of tourists, with a lot of shops and boutique. There are, also, a lot of eating point, restaurants and bars. It’s a free catwalk of over 1 Km, go from the centre of the city to the seaport. In the middle of this biggest street, there is the biggest Market of the city, I am not sure, but can be one of the biggest in the world, if not for extension, for the variety of goods. This is the paradise for the food lover. In the end of the street, there is a big white column, on the top Cristoforo Colombo, with is finger give the direction to the America. Over the Bridge, on the seaport, there is Barceloneta, a beautiful beach, and also the big structure of “MareMagnum”. This is a Commercial Centre, on the top of it a big Night Club, and on all the side a lot of small bar where can drink a lot of “Chupitos”.
#4 La Boqueria – Don’t miss your lunch here!
It’s a food lover paradise. An explosion of colour, smell and taste. Inside this market there is everything you need, and what you don’t expect to see never in your life.
Tips: Try the Jamòn curato. (not for vegan and veggie)
This is the typical Spanish prosciutto(ham), delicious, need to be on you to do list, you cannot go away without trying this. Into the small shop, you can eat all of the kind of Tapas and Pizza, also Paella too. Other advice, you can ask to try before buy. All the vendors can be really nice to offer you a sample. After this stop, with your stomach full, you are ready for restart your discovery of Barcelona.
#5 Art and Culture
Barcelona is not just eaten, football and shopping, but also is art and culture. You need to pin in you agenda “The Sagrada Familia” and the “Casa Batllò” of Gaudì. If you are not late on your agenda, you can visit also The “Casa Lleò Morera” and “Casa Amatller”, another perfect example of modernism art. You can see a lot of Architectural structure based on modernism art in every part of Barcelona, put your head up and look the show.
#6 Barceloneta, see and the sun.
The Beach is close to the city centre. The lively Barceloneta, can offer to you a beautiful spot for taking relax and also a nap, enjoy the sun and sweat. The sand is really gold, and the waterfront is really nice and clean, with a lot of restaurant or bar. If you want just to relax and stay over of tourists places, you can go to “Fòrum”, a little beach in the north, where the people go just for relaxing, out of the stress of Tourists and Restaurants.
#7 The arts into Parc de Joan Mirò
It’s an awefull collection, fabulous, extraordinary and rich of colour. This place gives you a lot of emotion. This is one of the most famous and loved artist of Barcelona, you can have a look of a lot of his creation in every part of the city. Everywhere you can sight some colourful tiles, a disctinctive emblem of his arts. For entry into the “Parc de Joan Mirò,” you need to pay a ticket, it’s not really expensive. In this space it shows the sculpture “Woman and the Bird” tall 22 metres, this is fully covered with coloured tiles. I think most of you, have seen before, by friends pictures, or tv spot, some images about Joan Mirò Arts. The example of Joan Mirò’s Arts you can find after you landed in Barcelona, into the Terminal 2 of the principal airport, or on the central walkway of the principal street “La Rambla”.
#8 The Barri Gòtic – Beer and Sangria
In the city centre can be really awful if you get lost in the small street, ancient, mixed with lively and modern colour. In the end of the ancient small street of “La Rambla” there is the area of Barri Gòtic. This is a weaving of cobblestone street with thousand bars and small shop, selling every, where you can lost yourself and your wallet for sure!
This is the Medieval area of Barcelona, suggestive and charming, with such of gothic theme give that a big up taste. You cannot miss the visit to one of the best places in the Catalonia’s Capital, the place where you can find and get inside to the Catalan soul.
#9 El Raval and the Museu d’Art Contemporani
This place is really close to the El Barri Gòtic, this is a weaving of street where local people use to stay, in summer is really busy, with all the bars make parties with tables outside, it’s really out of the tourist map, but It is not, therefore, less impressive. The only touristic place in all the area is the Musei d’Art Contemporani di Barcelona. The immense structure come in front of you, and you cannot say no to a visit. El Reval is full of really good bars and restaurant, where eat for lunch, dinner or just an aperitif. All the shop are really cosy, and you can buy also souvenir and clothes at really good price. If you go, also, in the small street, typical of Catalonia’s regions, you can have a look at the street art. This is one of the area with the best amount of walls art.
#10 Font Màgica de Montjuïc
This is the last tip, I will give to you in my short guide to Barcelona, can be in the future to find more other guides to one of the best city for me. The last tip is about the Magical Fountain, one of the most famous in the World. This fountain was built in 1929, for the World exposition of Barcelona. The magical water jets at music time, with it’s thousand coloured light is one of the best touristic attraction of Barcelona.
At Barcelona, in every time there are a lot of different events, most of them are free, whitout any fee for taking part. This kind of politicy, attract a lot the tourists. If you are planning a visit to Barcelona, or you are just thinking about a weekend out, you can visit the website Forfree.cat. On this page, there are a lot of information for understand when is the best time for visiting the city. Also, you can have a look on Barcelona Turisme.Have a look on the football Liga Schedule match, you can find a good match of Barcelona, of the first division and support Messi and Co.